Residents will finally be allowed to leave care homes to meet friends and family after the Government scrapped guidance which ‘falsely imprisoned’ them.
Last night the Prime Minister announced a U-Turn on cruel rules forcing anyone who leaves the confines of their care home to isolate alone for 14 days on their return.
From Tuesday, the UK’s 400,000 care residents will be allowed to go on trips outside with friends and family without having to self-isolate afterwards.
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They will be able to visit a friend or family member’s garden, or go on walks in parks, public gardens and beaches.
For many, it will be the first time in over a year they have left their care homes. The change in guidance will also allow residents to vote in Thursday’s local elections in person.
Announcing the change, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘We know how challenging this time has been for care home residents, so I am pleased that they can now leave their homes to reunite with their loved ones outdoors.
‘With the data continuing to head in the right direction and as restrictions ease, it is my priority to keep increasing visits for residents in the coming weeks in a safe and controlled way.’
Minister for Care, Helen Whately said: ‘As part of this interim update before the next stage of the roadmap, care home residents will also be able to leave to spend time outdoors. I know this has been long-awaited for those who haven’t had a chance to enjoy trips out. I look forward to encouraging more visiting and trips out in future as we turn the tide on this cruel virus.’
Although outdoor activities will be permitted, residents have been told they should not visit indoor spaces and avoid the use of public transport.
The Government had been facing a legal challenge from John’s Campaign, a dementia rights organisation, over the requirement that residents must self-isolate for 14 days any time they left their home.
Lawyers said this ‘falsely imprisoned’ them indoors and